#MBreview “Crank” by Adriana Locke

Title: Crank
Series: The Gibson Boys #1
Author: Adriana Locke
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Kari March
Release Date: November 10, 2017

 My musings…

4.5 Where I Belong CROWNS

Adriana Locke has started another amazing series with Crank.  The Gibson boys have absolutely stolen my heart, and like the Landry family, she has effectively made me love the whole family, every single rough-around-the-edges Gibson man.

Walker Gibson is the perfect blend of broody, grumpy man and swoon-worthy hero.  I love the way in which he can be shut down and closed off, but they Adriana Locke shows us tiny glimpses of the heart beating beneath the coldness with the actions he takes.  His interactions with his brothers as well as his cousin and Nana makes him even more charming.  As with most heroes, his skills in the bedroom as top-notch, but I thoroughly enjoyed is domineering side and the verbal sparring between the two in and out of the bedroom. It really matched who he was versus being the same old intimate moments between hero and heroine.

Sienna Landry is the connection between the Landry series and the Gibson Boys series, and her character is the perfect bridge between these two worlds. While she has the class, the heart, and familial connection of all the Landry family, she has never felt like she fits there, wanting a different life than most.  In this little town, with the broody Walker Gibson, she finds her home. Her journey to finding herself and finding her home is perfect, and I love how Adriana Locke shows that where someone comes from doesn’t matter. It is about the heart and chasing dreams that make a person happy.

The story starts out in a very interesting way, one I didn’t expect, but I love how it sets them in the direct path of one another with the help of Peck. The banter between the two, the obvious denial of feelings, and the animosity of Walker and the sweetness of Sienna, leads to insane chemistry.  Their verbal sparring is just as great as their actual physical gratification.  Although it is not clear what Walker’s secret is, it is clear that it will be the conflict of the story when it is revealed.  And while, I enjoy the conflict selection and understand the choices made by the characters, the resolution came about a bit too quickly for me.  The epilogue though is perfect, and it really showcased the ideas of love and family, which have been the epicenter of both series.

The one aspect of both of these series that I absolutely love is how the author makes readers fall in love with the whole world she creates.  From the town to the people in it, I never want to leave, and she does an excellent job of not only selling the romance between the hero and heroine, but the idea of family, of home, and of chasing your dreams.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.


This is one mistake Sienna Landry can’t buy her way out of.

As Walker Gibson looks at her, then at the damage to his precious truck (that she may or may not have accidentally inflicted), she knows she’s in trouble. It’s not the busted headlight and dented grill that’s sunk her though. It’s the downright sinful man in front of her that’s the problem.

The small town mechanic is broody. Rough. Smells like engine grease and gasoline and Sienna isn’t sure why that’s so sexy, but it is. It so is. She’s ready to peel off her panties at the drop of his wrench.

He wants her too. She can feel it when he brushes against her. Experience it as he presses her against the wall of the shop. It’s thinly veiled in his deep, brown eyes when he looks at her like she’s everything he’s ever wanted. So why won’t he give in?

The damage to Walker’s truck is the first of many mistakes between the two of them, ending with truths that rock Sienna’s world. Nothing can fix her broken heart except the love of a man that won’t, maybe even can’t, love her back.

Crank is a standalone romance in a new small town, blue-collar series from USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke. Join readers everywhere as they fall in love with the delicious Gibson Boys.

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USA Today and Amazon Top 10 Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.

Please contact Adriana at http://www.adrianalocke.com. She loves to hear from readers.


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